Annotations for Breasts : A Natural and Unnatural History


Baker & Taylor
A science journalist draws from the fields of anthropology, biology and medicine to describe the life cycle of the human female breast, from puberty to pregnancy to menopause and discusses the organ's modern susceptibility to toxins and disease. 40,000 first printing.

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Baker & Taylor
Draws from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine to describe the life cycle of the human female breast, from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, and discusses the organ's modern susceptibility to toxins and disease.

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Book News
Williams (contributing editor, Outside magazine) writes that she didn't think much about breasts until she became a mother. Treating breasts as an ecosystem, she blends personal experience, cultural analysis, psychology, and science in discussing societal hangups and health aspects of breast-feeding and breast cancer (in men as well as women). Includes illustrations and endnotes. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Norton Pub

Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis? Or that it's sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial--and so vulnerable?

In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon's office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to the laboratory where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk. The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.



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Norton Pub
An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.

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WW Norton
A 2012 New York Times Notable Book
A 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Award Winner in the Science & Technology category

An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.

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